Scrotal Asymmetry in Man and in Ancient Sculpture, etc.

The 2002 Ig Nobel Prize for medicine was awarded to Chris McManus of University College London, for his excruciatingly balanced report, “Scrotal Asymmetry in Man and in Ancient Sculpture.” [That report was published in the journal Nature, vol. 259, February 5, 1976, p. 426; it was in fact the cover story of that issue.] But some people […]

Ig Nobellian Miller’s new use for 3D printing: Women’s penis size recall

Geoffrey Miller, who shared a 2008 Ig Nobel Prize, for research on lap dancers’ fertility and earning power, continues his relentless pursuit of knowledge. Professor Miller and several colleagues have come up with a new use for 3D printing. They tell all in the new study: “Women’s Preferences for Penis Size: A New Research Method Using Selection […]

Cock-Eyed Optimism: Using a Foreskin to Repair Eyelids

This study documents a case of cock-eyed optimism in a German surgical team, and the presumably happy result for the patient: “Cicatricial ectropion in ichthyosis: a novel approach to treatment,” Detlef Uthoff [pictured here], M. Gorney and C. Teichmann, Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, June 1994, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 92-5. The authors, at […]

Westling’s lightning-rod economic growth thesis

Tatu Westling wrote an economics paper linking two things he has pondered intensely: “Male Organ and Economic Growth: Does Size Matter?” Tatu Westling, Helsinki Center of Economic Research Discussion Paper No. 335, July 2011. The author, at the University of Helsinki, Finland, explains: “This study explores the link between economic growth and penile length between 1960 […]

They grew vaginas, they’re growing penises

Anthony Atala and colleagues at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine are busy making replacement parts. Their study “Tissue-engineered autologous vaginal organs in patients: a pilot cohort study” in The Lancet, published this year, tells of the distaff part of the story. A report in The Guardian tells of their efforts to build masculinature: “The lab-grown penis: approaching […]

Skeletons Not For Halloween: Another Example

Our annual reminder that not all skeletons are suitable for use as Halloween costumes: “Penises as variable-volume hydrostatic skeletons,” Diane A. Kelly, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1101, 2007: 453-463. This year, a related reminder about joking on Halloween: “Joking in the face of death: A terror management approach to humor production,” Christopher R. […]

A fork in the rod [medical case report]

Some persons use a fork to eat dinner. At least one person found an alternate use for the implement: “Urethral Foreign Body,” Krishanth Naidu, Amanda Chung, and Maurice Mulcahy, International Journal of Surgery Case Reports, 2013. The authors, at the Canberra Hospital, Canberra, Australia, report: “Lower urinary tract foreign body insertions have a low incidence. […]

How to intriguingly begin a story about a collision

This medical paper demonstrates how to intrigue the reader right away, in the first two sentences: “Fracture penis: a case more heard about than seen in general surgical practice,” Manash Ranjan Sahoo, Anil Kumar Nayak, Tapan Kumar Nayak, Anand S, BMJ Case Reports, 2013.The authors, at SCB Medical College, Cuttack, Odisha, India, begin their report […]